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Two Ways To Play: Bumpy Ride for JPMorgan


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JPMorgan in Focus

This morning Wall Street is digesting the earnings announcement from JPMorgan Chase (JPM). According to Bloomberg, the second-largest bank in the US reported fourth quarter profits of $702 million, or 7 cents a share, beating analysts' estimates of $0.00 per share. Revenues fell 0.9% year-over-year to $17.23 bln vs. $18.83 bln consensus.

The company blamed the disappointing results on declines in the investment banking business as markdowns on leveraged loans and mortgage trading continued. JPM is also forecasting higher credit costs in the future, but does see underlying growth in many business areas. Shares are currently up over 3% in premarket trading.

From the Bull Pen: JPM's results are a relief to bulls for now. Continue to watch the financial sector for improvement which could pave the way for a rally. For a trade, Research In Motion (RIMM) has shown good relative performance and sell stops can be set near $43-44.

From the Bear Cave: Bears can look to Johnson & Johnson (JNJ). The stock has broken the uptrend and surrendered its 50 DMA ($58.80). Those testing the downside can set a buy stop above that level.

Quick Check Around the World

Asian trading closed with the Hang Seng -3.37%, Nikkei -4.92%, Sensex -3.45%, Taiwan -4.44% and Shanghai -0.45%.

Glancing towards Europe, we see the CAC -0.85%, DAX -0.98%, FTSE -0.86%

As of 8:25 a.m. EST, S&P futures are trading -7 to 833.00, and Nasdaq futures are -2 to 1150.00.

A Look At Commodities

Crude oil is trading -0.06 to 37.22. Gold is +0.70 to 809.50. Silver is -0.05 to 10.470, and copper is -3.05 to 147.70.

The dollar index is +0.280 to 85.4500.

On the Radar


08:30 Producer Price Index MoM -2.0%
08:30 Producer Price Index YoY
08:30 Initial Jobless Claims
08:30 Continuing Claims
08:30 Empire Manufacturing -24.50
10:00 Philadelphia Fed. -35.0

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Hump day! Good luck!
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